ScholarX Technologies Limited, an edtech start-up founded in 2016 and headquartered in Lagos, has announced a strategic partnership with telecommunications services provider Airtel Nigeria.
The partners are working together to extend the reach of LearnAM, a new mobile learning platform that provides skills training content to improve learning outcomes.
ScholarX is a social impact platform that focuses on democratizing access to education for African youth by connecting them with funding sources that enable them to get quality education. As the ScholarX website says: “We provide easy access to a learning platform using various devices including feature phones as well as funds for devices targeted at the unconnected in Africa.”
ScholarX says it will receive major support from the GSMA Innovation Fund for Mobile Internet Adoption and Digital Inclusion. It will also make use of the retail and digital footprints of Airtel Nigeria to deliver its skill acquisition content.
Nigerian media reports say that the grant received from the GSMA will help fund key components in the initial phase of the project including platform development, content development and sourcing, and early user adoption.
Commenting on the LearnAm initiative, co-founder and CEO, ScholarX, Bola Lawal, said: “Through the GSMA fund, we are now able to embark on our quest to connect millions of unconnected people in Africa to the internet and help them get trained in valuable skills for the new digital economy.”